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Chair for IT Security

Welcome to the website of the Chair of IT Security at the University of Cologne. The chair is headed by Prof. Dr. Amir Moradi and was established on October 1, 2021 in the institute of Computer Science. Here, you find information about our projects, research, and teaching activities.

The chair is dissolved on August 2022 as Prof. Dr. Amir Moradi has moved to the Faculty of Computer Sience at the Ruhr University Bochum.

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The research focus of the chair is on the security of implementatons. A large part of our research is dedicated to hardware security, protection against physical attacks (side-channel analysis and fault-injection attacks), security analysis of real-world systems particularly internet of things, and efficient hardware and software implementation of cryptographic primitives. This includes various implementation platforms like ASICs, FPGAs, and micro-processors.

News

  • 07.2022 - paper accepted at CHES 2022. Nicolai Müller, Amir Moradi, “PROLEAD - A Probing-Based Hardware Leakage Detection Tool
  • 07.2022 - paper accepted at CHES 2022. Jakob Feldtkeller, David Knichel, Pascal Sasdrich, Amir Moradi, Tim Güneysu, “Randomness Optimization for Gadget Compositions in Higher-Order Masking
  • 04.2022 - paper accepted at CCS 2022. David Knichel, Amir Moradi, “Low-Latency Hardware Private Circuits
  • 04.2022 - paper accepted at CHES 2022. Timo Bartkewitz, Sven Bettendorf, Thorben Moos, Amir Moradi, Falk Schellenberg, “Beware of Insufficient Redundancy – An Experimental Evaluation of Code-based FI Countermeasures
  • 03.2022 - Anita Aghaie has sucessfully defended her thesis titled “Design and Security Analysis of Hardware Cryptographic Primitives
  • 03.2022 - paper accepted at CHES 2022. David Knichel, Amir Moradi, “Composable Gadgets with Reused Fresh Masks – First-Order Probing-Secure Hardware Circuits with only 6 Fresh Masks
  • 12.2021 - paper accepted at CHES 2022. Nicolai Müller, David Knichel, Pascal Sasdrich, Amir Moradi, “Transitional Leakage in Theory and Practice Unveiling Security Flaws in Masked Circuits
  • 12.2021 - Thorben Moos has successfully defended his thesis titled “Physical Security for Next Generation CMOS ICs
  • 10.2021 - paper accepted at CHES 2022. Tim Beyne, Siemen Dhooghe, Amir Moradi, Aein Rezaei Shahmirzadi, “Cryptanalysis of Efficient Masked Ciphers: Applications to Low Latency
  • 09.2021 - paper accepted at CHES 2022. David Knichel, Amir Moradi, Nicolai Müller, Pascal Sasdrich, “Automated Generation of Masked Hardware
  • 09.2021 - paper accepted at CHES 2022. David Knichel, Pascal Sasdrich, Amir Moradi, “Generic Hardware Private Circuits – Towards Automated Generation of Composable Secure Gadgets